What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Where life plants you, bloom with grace.

– French proverb

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

Time is a created thing

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’

– Lao Tzu

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.

– Thomas Edison

The hawk with talons hides his talent

The hawk with talent hides his talons.

– Japanese proverb

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

– William Penn

A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

– Albert Einstein

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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First hold peace within yourself, only then can you bring it to others.

– Thomas à Kempis

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Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

– George Bernard Shaw

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

– Albert Schweitzer

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

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